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Cullen Diana Madelin
Region: Magaret River
The 2008 vintage of the Cullen flagship red wine, which was made from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, is a particularly elegant example of this renowned wine style. Part of the reason for this elegance stems from the benefits of using biodynamic viticulture as this has led to a marked improvement in the structure and oxygenation of the soil. This in turn has enhanced tannin ripening. As a result, the fruit can be harvested earlier at lower sugar levels and higher natural acidity. The alcohol concentration of the finished wine is lower in line with levels sought by Cullen Wines. All of this creates a wine which is elegant and balanced.

The elegance can also be attributed, in part, to the beneficial effects of using a recently-acquired MistralĘ apparatus, which removes the leaf material and infertile berries from the quality fruit in the winery. This method of berry sorting provides cleaner fruit than the bunch sorting that was previously used in the vineyard. In addition, Cullen Wines have now turned to the old and well established practice of employing a basket press. To their delight, they have found that this leads to the extraction of only fine quality tannins.

As ever, has fine but persistent tannins running from the fore-palate through to the finish; the deep and intense fruit will sustain the wine until those tannins loosen their grip. All five Bordeaux varieties present led by Cabernet Sauvignon (75%).
James Halliday, 96 points.

Wow! Elegance meets structure, meets sophistication. Scented with violets and sweet cedary new oak, its perfume of small red and black berries, dark cherries reveals complex earthy undertones with a hint of gravel. Full to medium in body but steeped with vibrant flavours of dark berries, and cherries, its seductively smooth but opulent palate revels in its marriage of fruit, oak and firm, Graves-like chalky tannin. Exceptionally long and perfectly harmonious, it's both polished and powerful, with a brilliant future.
Jeremy Oliver, 97 points.
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